A change of tone indicates that the USA may let Huawei go. Meanwhile, the Chinese telecom giant is willing to sale 5G modems to Apple. UK network providers say that Huawei ban is a bad idea.
A Sunday report from the German press tells that the USA do not threaten Germany with withdrawal of intelligence sharing anymore. The most recent line of US that the high regulation standards, which have been tightened for all telecommunication vendors in Germany recently, are the perfect ’approach’. ’Unreliable companies have no hope of meeting them anyway.’
An US State Department spokesperson made the following statement:
’What the United States is urging allies to do is institute security processes that include, among other factors, looking at whether any particular vendor is subject to unchecked or extrajudicial control by a foreign power that could direct that vendor to break host country laws or undermine its security.’
The Trump administration has accused the Chinese telecom giant with surveillance abuse, industrial and being a tool of state espionage. The sales of telecommunication equipment and network building by Huawei is banned in the USA, Canada, and Australia. New-Zealand operator Spark has been prevented from using Huawei technology in its 5G network.
The US has put further of her allies under pressure to exclude Huawei from the respective 5G infrastructures, but Germany has being kept to refuse to explicitly ban Huawei from his market.
Huawei ban is unlikely in the UK
Keeping away Huawei from the ’brains of the 5G network’ is still on the table in the United Kingdom. Security overviews call the cyber-security infrastructure of Huawei ’shoddy’, but no proof of intentionality has been found this far.
The government of the UK is expected to make the decision whether they exclude or restrict Huawei sometime in May. Mobile UK, an industry group of the four main network providers, warns that a complete ban of Huawei equipment would cost £6,8bn and a two-year delay of the 5G launch.
Another deal is forming?
Huawei owns the most 5G patents in the world. The company has refused to sell its own high-powered processors and modems this far, but according to press reports, their stance are softening. Albeit the only potential customer they are willing to make a deal with is Apple. Intel, Apple’s main provider of wireless modems, won’t be ready with the 5G-ready XMM 8160 for the 2020 series of iPhones until the second half of 2019.